Thor DM-21 Ablestar | Transit 3B & LOFTI-1

Thor DM-21 Ablestar

Family: Thor-Ablestar
Configuration: DM-21

The Thor-Ablestar, or Thor Able-Star, also known as Thor-Epsilon was an early American expendable launch system consisting of a PGM-17 Thor missile, with an Ablestar upper stage. It was a member of the Thor family of rockets, and was derived from the Thor-Able.

Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    29.0 m
  • Diameter
    1.44 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    51 T
  • Thrust
    760 kN
Family
  • Name
    Thor DM-21 Ablestar
  • Family
    Thor-Ablestar
  • Variant
    DM-21
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Thor DM-21 Ablestar
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    150 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

United States Air Force

United States Air Force

(USAF)

Successes: 19 Failures: 12 Pending: 0

Agency Type: Government

INFO WIKI

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Pad: Space Launch Complex 17B


Long March 4
Success
4 hours, 29 minutes ago
Haiyang 2C
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Long March 11
Success
6 days, 8 hours ago
Gaofen-03-1
Mobile launch platform - Sea Launch

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Kuaizhou
Failure
1 week, 2 days ago
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Unknown Pad - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

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Astra Rocket 3.0
Failure
1 week, 2 days ago
Maiden Flight
Launch Pad B - Kodiak Launch Complex, Alaska, USA

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Long March 4
Success
2 weeks ago
Gaofen-11-02
Unknown Pad - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

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Long March 2F
Success
2 weeks, 3 days ago
Chinese Reusable Space Vehicle
Launch Area 4 (SLS-1 / 921) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

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Starship Prototype
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2 weeks, 3 days ago
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Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
2 weeks, 3 days ago
Starlink 11
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

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Vega
Success
2 weeks, 4 days ago
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Success
3 weeks ago
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Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A - Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

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